PARENTS in Renfrewshire are being asked to ensure they know the whereabouts of their children following a recent rise in youth disorder.

Officers have been called to a number of incidents involving boozed-up youngsters engaging in anti-social behaviour in the area over the weekends.

Sergeant Jason Cooper, based at Johnstone police station, said youths had been gathering in large numbers and causing disorder, particularly in Erskine, Bridge of Weir and Lochwinnoch.

He added: "We are having a lot of problems with youth disorder in the area right now.

"Youths are congregating in large groups, consuming alcohol and causing local disturbances with loud music, shouting, swearing and littering.

"They are also setting fires in these areas, which is a drain on the police and fire services."

Sgt Cooper said groups of up to 50 youths have been gathering together.

He added: "I would ask local residents to take more of an interest in what their kids are doing at the weekend.

"It is the safety of young people that is the priority here, as warm weather and alcohol is never a good cocktail."